Breeding Powder to a Dutch dog in the Netherlands was always the plan. However, for her first litter I chickened out. The commitment level for that litter was extremely high, but still much less than traveling internationally. It has been said, traveling to Europe for breeding is not a trivial matter. Despite this being my fifteenth occasion of flying a pet internationally, this was another level for a couple of reasons.
Months in advance I registered the stud I was approved to use with the AKC Foundation Stock Service and ordered the required DNA kit, then carefully setting all of this paperwork aside to be packed later. Naturally, Powder flew with me in-cabin as my Service Dog, which required a few extra forms to be completed by my veterinarian for the airline; this was easy, but a step to be taken never the less. Then we waited for Mother Nature to do her job. Once things got started, we scheduled her first progesterone test and all of the appointments to get her veterinary paperwork in order: State health certificate, European Union/USDA paperwork, official rabies certificate and of course full vaccination summary.
Purchasing plane tickets before it’s “go time” is pure folly and this occasion was no different. Powder pulled Tule into heat six weeks early, and Tule slowed Powder down by two weeks. The results of Powder’s progesterone tests confirm what we knew to be true. Ovulation will be right at her day fifteen and I had a few days to buy tickets, execute the veterinary paperwork, get a reservation at a B&B, hire a car, and so on. Flying a pet internationally is quite involved on its own accord, but now with a time sensitivity and no room for error.
Checking in was quite simple with all of Powder’s paperwork in order, with no small thanks to Jenna for this! Getting Powder through Security was an interesting process, and she endured her first TSA “pat down” with aplomb. With a Service Dog you train to pass the Assistance Dogs International (ADI) Public Access Test, amongst other oddities you expect your dog to encounter in addition to the actual service they provide for you. Still here in Spokane there just aren’t many places with escalators, crazy tram cars, giant voices and so on – so you just never quite know until you do. But you do hope the things you have worked on were close enough and that those training events would effectively generalize for the dog. Powder was a champ! She handled the crush of people, the whirring of service carts zipping by, riding escalators and tram cars, rotating doors, and crazy voices like a seasoned pro.
Discerning a real Service Dog from a “service dog” can generally be accomplished by observing the handler and how the dog carries itself. For example, if the dog is being carried or in a cart (there may be a couple of exceptions here), not on a leash or some form of bridging handle (the leash is used to protect the dog), the dog is pulling on the leash (although it should be like the leash isn’t needed), the dog may be barking and/or whining (unless it is prompting their boss to do something), it is sniffing everything (dogs are going to sniff, but a dog without a focus on his boss will have his mind elsewhere), having potty accidents (speaks for itself), stealing food (or snatching stuff off the ground – it’s all about self-control and focus), seeking attention (be focused on the job at hand), looking nervous or being aggressive (they should be alert but not reactive). The absolute Number One sign is, the owner probably has a cleverly designed identification card from one of at least twenty different companies easily found on the internet – those are all just scams, each and every one of them.
In the U.S. there is no formally recognized certification for Service Dogs. The ADI is the standard we are moving towards, and it is likely there will be a codified certification process and licensing process in the near future. But fake Service Dogs are illegal. The dog should be required due to a disability (you can’t legally ask) and the dog has to be specifically trained to mitigate a disability (you can ask the animals purpose e.g. Medial Alert). Powder’s vest has a pair of pockets, and inside one is the documentation which covers my disabilities in a Privacy Act compliant way. A service dog’s training is always in the works and being finetuned. The flight process from check-in to ground transport was Powder’s biggest “on duty” shift times two. She really did an impressive job of staying focused and she surprised her fellow passengers as well as the aircrews based off of the comments we got from everyone before, during and after both flights. I am very proud of her.
Bastiaan and Sandra den Haan are the owners of Joeri, the handsome stud used for this litter, and they were amazingly helpful in addition to being incredibly kind, friendly and generous hosts! Sandra made a delightful Dutch specialty for dinner one evening, white asparagus with all of the traditional fixings – oh, buddy that is good living right there! She also helped nail down a dog friendly B&B for Powder and me. As it turns out “De Wijnberg” is owned and operated by a fellow Drent enthusiast Inez de Baar-Le Grand. Sadly, despite several invitations, I didn’t get to go walking with Inez, but I was able to enjoy the lovely surroundings of the Hazerwoude-Dorp area. During the short and quickly paced visit, Joeri made three successful covers, and the two dogs got along like peas and carrots as I had hoped. Joeri is handsome to behold, a real gentleman and a really sweet boy. He is a Drent I could add to my own household without a second thought. It was a real pleasure to make his acquaintance. Moreover, it was fantastic making new friends with Bas & Sandra. I can’t thank them enough for opening their home to me and being so accommodating and helpful.
Now we wait…
Finally its Game On! Tule surprised us by coming into heat this past Monday and Powder followed suit today :) So we will be VERY busy this summer with hopefully 2 healthy litters of puppies. These due dates are approximate, but both litters should be here the first week in June. For more information, just give us a ring.
The breeding plans/litter announcement are now posted on the DPCNA main web page HERE. This is a very exciting combination and sure to produce some amazing Drents true in type, health and temperament. Mating is expected to occur in the spring of 2019 and pups, if everything goes well, should be ready to go home in late July/early August. If you have interest, please do not hesitate to reach out!
After years of searching he has been found, Joeri Jarno van Parkendijk. He has an impressive hunting games resume, a great temperament, and of course passes all DPCNA health markers with flying colors. The CoI for the paring sits right at 13.5% which is excellent. Not only is he gorgeous, he is a very nice build match for Powder. We expect pups to be intelligent, biddable, athletic, and just as good in the field as they will be in your home. We are now actively taking applications for this mating planned for early 2019.
We are actively planning a spring/summer 2019 litter. Breeding plans will be released soon, the potential list or studs has been narrowed down to two. One being a beautiful and highly decorated Dutch hunter.
Please feel free contact us with any questions you may have. To be considered for our direct mailing/waiting list, please complete and submit our application. Otherwise regular updates will be available here on the Dutch Dog blog.
Our buddy Jenna Myers has her web page up and running finally and has finally announced the planned and approved mating of her Ember and our Paxson! For more details and waiting list inquires please visit her website soonest. HERE
We finally got an ultrasound nailed down the morning of 5 May, which happens to be the day the pups begin to become boys and girls. The pups were far enough along to be easily seen: arms and legs, feet, toes, faces, umbilical cords and even heartbeats where all easily observed. We really got a best case scenario with this ultrasound in all ways, which isn't really an expectation but a hope - we are ecstatic for the results! We expect delivery just after Memorial Day.
9 March 2017 marks day one. We expect to make the trip to Georgia over the St. Patrick's day holiday. Providing everything goes as planned we predict pups to be born on or about 20 May. Still much to happen between now and then. Our client list for this litter was re-opened last week, due to life getting the better of an inordinate number of clients we had been very excited about placing puppies with. Aside from that, we hope you enjoy this little video clip of Munson, the sire to be. He really is such a lovely Drent:
UPDATE: 27 March 2017
Progesterone levels have finally indicated the time is right. Powder is on her way to Savannah!
On 19 Decemeber 2016, we learned Meadowbrook's Munson passed his last health check, and we are clear to proceed. I was able to evaluate the litter Munson was a part of when the pups were about 5 weeks old and took a few notes. I'm a big fan of both the mother and father of the litter he is from; and know the lineage of both sides of his family tree very well, so having this workout is very exciting for us. Munson is a beautiful sweet boy who has grown to be wonderful, representative of his parents in all ways (with the mother being the primary influence) and the breed. Munson has a winning way with people and knows how to steal center stage, whether it's at the hunt club or a professional photo shoot for something other than him.
Of course Powder has passed all of her health requirements plus. She is a dynamo in the field, and a great family companion. Her heat cycles have remained pretty consistent so we are expecting a trip to Savanah Georgia in late February. But we will see what mother nature throws our way, as that will guide all of our efforts from here on out.
We will be developing a section here at Two Gun just for this litter. This planned breeding has been sanctioned by the DPCNA and official announcements have been posted on both the www.DPCNA.org and the DPCNA Facebook pages.
For more information with regard to this planned mating, please feel free to contact us.
Through some of the twists and turns life throws at us, we managed to opt out of taking advantage of Powder's spring heat cycle. We have plans for a 2017 litter, and have full intent to make that happen. Until then enjoy these two best buds enjoying some time together. As always feel free to reach out to us, we are happy to field your questions. Until next time - take care.
The litter is composed of 5 boy and 5 girls, all happy, and healthy. As you can see, are all absolutely stunning with some really nice markings as a really nice bonus. To follow their progress check their FaceBook wall.
The short answer is yes and 2016 is looking to be a big year for us. We are working on more than providing stud service to some of the most exciting and in demand Drent puppies in North America! We anticipate having the opportunity to breed our Powder in the spring of 2016, and possibly whelping a litter for a friend, more info on this soon. For Powder's first litter, we have been working with the owners of some very nice prospective stud dogs to get them DPCNA cleared, approved and ready to go. Provided these new stud dogs get cleared, we will be the first to use these exciting new entries to the DPCNA breeding program. With that its just too early to make a clear announcement on exactly which stud we will end up using. Naturally Powder will also have to complete her own DPCNA health clearance before we will use her in our breeding program. Our questionnaire is available, and we are actively building our 2016 client list. If you can't find it, just drop us a line, we'll ensure you get a copy right away. Until next time - Brian & Nikki
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Which could be the signal for any number of things. Despite the obvious that hunting season and fall is on the way, it also tells me Powder will be coming back from Bird Camp, and that he father, Booker, will be headed to Oklahoma for a time. This time to be on hand for a live mating so that time and distance will not be an impediment to the process. Hopefully this time, our friends at Gray Timber will have puppies to contend with!
I'm just a guy suffering with an infatuation with gundogs since childhood. Forty some odd years later this is what you get.